KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Homeless advocates are asking people to not give money to panhandlers, saying it does more harm than good.
Ron Buchinski with Bellingham’s Lighthouse Mission says they use the money to buy drugs and alcohol.
The cities of Arlington and Marysville have launched an effort to stem panhandling.
Businesses are posting signs and stickers to encourage people to give to local charities instead.
Marysville’s mayor says panhandlers are creating traffic and safety concerns.